Rumford man killed in tree-cutting accident

Posted Dec. 14, 2008, at 10:25 a.m.

RUMFORD, Maine — Police in Rumford say a 66-year-old man was killed while cutting down a large pine tree on his lot.

The victim of Saturday’s accident is identified as Donald Barker, a former union president who led paperworkers during an 11-week strike at the Boise Cascade mill in 1986.

Police say Barker was cutting the pine with a chain saw when he got pinned against a standing tree. A neighbor found his body about a quarter-mile into the woods after he failed to return home.

Barker served as president of Local 900 of the United Paperworkers International Union in the mid to late 1980s. He was later appointed to the Pulp and Paperworkers Resource Council, a group that lobbies on behalf of paper workers.

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